Nintendo Reveals Super Mario 35th Anniversary Plans

September 4, 2020 by Samantha Lienhard - Leave a comment

Mario is one of the most recognizable video game characters ever created, and with good reason. Nintendo’s iconic series has now been around for 35 years. On September 13, 1985, the release of Super Mario Bros brought Mario out of the arcades and onto a home console, and there has been plenty of speculation about how Nintendo might celebrate Mario’s 35th Anniversary.

Well, in a special Super Mario Bros. Nintendo Direct held on September 3, Nintendo revealed its plans at last.

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

First, Nintendo announced a new Super Mario Bros version of the Game & Watch systems, a line of specialized handheld devices that function as a watch and include a game to be played on the LCD screen. The first Game & Watch was released in 1980. This new one will feature a clock, 35 “little touches” to celebrate the anniversary, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels, and a special Mario-themed version of Ball (the game included on the first-ever Game & Watch device). Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. will be out on November 13 for $49.99.

Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury

Next, Nintendo finally announced that Super Mario 3D World is coming to the Switch, something which had been rumored for quite a long time now. The Switch version of the Wii U’s 3D Mario title will include new content, in particular a new expansion of some sort called Bowser’s Fury. More details about this will be revealed soon. Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury will be out on February 12, 2021 for $59.99.

Super Mario Bros. 35

Their third announcement was Super Mario Bros. 35, a new multiplayer twist on the original Super Mario Bros. that pits 35 players against each other online, with defeated enemies being used to sabotage the other players. Super Mario Bros. 35 will be out on October 1 for free with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, but it will only be available through March 31, 2021.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Nintendo moved on to reveal another twist on a familiar franchise with Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. This special entry in the Mario Kart series comes with a physical kart and special gates that let players set up a course in their homes. The kart then reacts based on what is happening in the game as the player races. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit will be out on October 16 for $99.99, with your choice of either the “Mario Set” or “Luigi Set” to determine which kart you get.

The last Mario Kart game released before this was Mario Kart Tour for mobile devices, and the last mainline entry was Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, the enhanced Switch version of the Wii U’s Mario Kart 8, so at this point it’s not clear if we should expect to see a Mario Kart 9 this console generation.

Super Mario 3D All-Stars

Finally, the last major announcement was another one that had been rumored ahead of time, Super Mario 3D All-Stars. This is a special collection that includes Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy. This will be the first time Super Mario Sunshine has seen a re-release, unlike the other two games, which have been ported in the past. The collection also includes an in-game music player featuring 175 songs from these three titles. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will be available on September 18 for $59.99, but both the physical and digital versions will only be available through March 31, 2021, a decision that has proven controversial among fans.

Nintendo didn’t say a word about Super Mario Galaxy 2, which has led to speculation about whether it will receive a separate standalone release on the Switch, be part of a second collection, or has simply been forgotten. Only time will tell.


Several smaller 35th Anniversary announcements were also made, such as Super Mario themed items coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in March 2021 and a new line of physical merchandise being sold, but these were the major announcements. How do you feel about Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary plans?

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“Next-next-gen” Nintendo Console: Fusion

January 21, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


News from Nintendo has been mixed lately. While the 3DS had phenomenal sales in 2013, the Wii U’s sales continue to miss expectations. Rumors have been flying about what Nintendo might do to make up for its Wii U misfortune, with the latest concerning the next Nintendo console (yup, the one after the Wii U…).

An anonymous source at Nintendo News claims that Nintendo is working on the Nintendo Fusion – a console called the “Fusion Terminal” and a handheld called the “DS Fusion”. The two Fusion consoles would be developed together, and presumably would work together in some fashion.

In 2003, Nintendo bought the domain name “,” but it was used as a part of a Nintendo-sponsored music and video game festival. Still, it does lend some credence to this rumor that they do indeed own it. In terms of an official statement however, Nintendo has given no comment, stating that it does not comment on rumors.

The source even provided a list of specs for these theoretical consoles, although several people have pointed out issues with them – for example, the Adreno cores mentioned as part of the handheld’s CPU are entirely separate from AMD. Most fans are pretty sure the Nintendo Fusion is a fake, but check out the details below for yourself and see what you think.

Fusion Terminal

  • GPGPU: Custom Radeon HD RX 200 GPU CODENAME LADY (2816 shaders @ 960 MHz, 4.60 TFLOP/s, Fillrates: 60.6 Gpixel/s, 170 Gtexel/s)
  • CPU: IBM 64-Bit Custom POWER 8-Based IBM 8-Core Processor CODENAME JUMPMAN (2.2 GHz, Shared 6 MB L4 cache)
  • Co-CPU: IBM PowerPC 750-based 1.24 GHz Tri-Core Co-Processor CODENAME HAMMER
  • MEMORY: 4 Gigabytes of Unified DDR4 SDRAM CODENAMED KONG, 2 GB DDR3 RAM @ 1600 MHz (12.8 GB/s) On Die CODENAMED BARREL
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wireless
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • 1 Coaxial Cable Input
  • 1 CableCARD Slot
  • 4 Custom Stream-Interface Nodes up to 4 Wii U GamePads
  • Versions with Disk Drive play Wii U Optical Disk (4 Layers Maximum), FUSION Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) and Nintendo 3DS Card Slot
  • 1 HDMI 2.0 1080p/4K Port
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Inductive Charging Surface for up to 4 FUSION DS or IC-Wii Remote Plus Controllers
  • Two versions: Disk Slot Version with 60 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage and Diskless Version with 300 Gigs of Internal Flash Storage

Fusion DS

  • CPU: ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 GPU: Custom Adreno 420-based AMD GPU
  • COM MEMORY: 3 GB LPDDR3 (2 GB Games, 1 GB OS)
  • 2 130 mm DVGA (960 x 640) Capacitive Touchscreen
  • Slide Out Design with Custom Swivel Tilt Hinge
  • Upper Screen made of Gorilla Glass, Comes with Magnetic Cover
  • Low End Vibration for Gameplay and App Alerts
  • 2 Motorized Circle Pads for Haptic Feedback
  • Thumbprint Security Scanner with Pulse Sensing Feedback
  • 2 1mp Stereoptic Cameras
  • Multi-Array Microphone
  • A, B, X, Y, D-Pad, L, R, 1, 2 Buttons
  • 3 Axis Tuning Fork Gyroscope, 3 Axis Accelerometer, Magnetometer
  • NFC Reader
  • 3G Chip with GPS Location
  • Bluetooth v4.0 BLE Command Node used to Interface with Bluetooth Devices such as Cell Phones, Tablets
  • 16 Gigabytes of Internal Flash Storage (Possible Future Unit With 32 Gigabytes)
  • Nintendo 3DS Cart Slot
  • SDHC “Holographic Enhanced” Card Slot up to 128 Gigabyte Limit
  • Mini USB I/O
  • 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery
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Weak Wii U Console Sales Change Nintendo’s Plans

January 17, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


Nintendo has had more than its share of difficulties this generation. They had to cut their projected sales of the 3DS in the fiscal year, lowering them from 18 million to 13.5 million. Although the 3DS has been selling well in Japan, its overseas sales have been weaker, especially in Europe. Their estimates of 3DS software sales dropped from 80 million to 66 million.

However, the real damage comes from the low sales of the Wii U. Nintendo lowered their estimated shipments of Wii U consoles from 9 million to 2.8 million. With these things taken into account, Nintendo could have a $240 million net loss for the fiscal year.

On the other hand, at least their estimates suggest the Wii U’s sales lifted during the holiday season. 2.8 million sales for the fiscal year is a marked rise from the 460,000 Wii U units sold between March and September. Still, the Wii U’s future looks dismal.

President Satoru Iwata, the head of Nintendo, said they may have to rethink their business strategies. Among other things, he cited an interest in smart devices as something the company might look into.

While Iwata did not make any definitive statements, some fans feel the failure of the Wii U is the beginning of the end for Nintendo as a console developer. Others expect the company to bounce back with a new, innovative idea and return to its former glory. Time will tell.

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Nintendo already working on next-gen gaming machine?

January 15, 2014 by Staff - Leave a comment


We all know that the Wii U is doing pretty poorly in retail stores and is being out-sold, easily, both each of the Xbox One and the PS4. So whether or not Nintendo was/is prepared to release a successor to the console might have been in doubt.

According to a post on the NeoGAF forums however, you Nintendo fans need not worry, as the Japanese gaming icon is already hard at work on a new Wii? next-next-generation console and has been since 2013…. The only thing is that it might be handheld only!

Forum user “wsippel” had the following to say:

Anyway, Nintendo apparently started working on a new platform in early 2013 and has already selected a vendor for the SoC after talking to several potential candidates. The SoC might be based on an existing design, but will be changed to fit Nintendo’s requirements. I assume it’s for their next handheld, though.

As you can see wsippel thinks that this information points to a next-generation handheld console, not the living room stationed machines that we have at the moment. Nothing official will probably come out on this matter for quite some time, so until then stayed tuned to and the NeoGAF forums for further (rumored) updates.

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Go old school with a twist on your Wii U with the NES Remix

December 18, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


NES Remix has been released on the Nintendo Wii U and for just $15 we have to say that it offers some pretty memorable and enjoyable gaming – especially for us oldies!

The new game collection includes 16 classics from the original Nintendo console (NES) and features games such as Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong 3, Super Mario Brothers and Legends of Zelda. Not only that though (and here is where the “remix” part comes in), certain aspects of the games have been altered from the original – like one of the levels in Super Mario being entirely backwards! We’re not sure whether we’d prefer to play this way or as originally intended – but anyway…

Here’s the full list of games you’ll find in the collection: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong 3, Excitebike, Super Mario Bros., Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Clu Clu Land, Wrecking Crew, Pinball, Urban Champion, Baseball, Tennis, Ice Climber, Golf and Balloon Fight. We think there’s a classic for everyone somewhere in there.

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Nintendo infographic says Wii U best choice this Christmas

November 26, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment covers the Nintendo Wii U too ya know and here’s a post to prove it. Nintendo has just published the infographic below which is designed to inform you why its Wii U (semi) next-gen console is the one you should be purchasing this Christmas.


It points out a bunch of reasons why the Wii U is “the best choice this holiday season”:

  • First there is the price – it retails for $300 MSRP (you should be able to get it MUCH cheaper though) which represents a heavy discount to the Xbox One and PS4.
  • There is no extra charges involved to make use of Nintendo TVii or off-TV play.
  • You get to play with your favorite Nintendo game characters including Luigi, Zelda and Mario.

Hmmm, having actually gone through that “list” of reasons now ourselves, it looks kinda weak. In fact we’re sure that Nintendo could have come up with a more compelling argument. Maybe that’s part of the reason the Wii U seems to be doing so poorly.

If you have a particular view on the Wii U (one way or another) then let us know in the comments below!

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Wii U receives firmware update, adds welcome features

October 1, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


Nintendo has just released a firmware update (version 4.0.0) for the Wii U and with it come some welcome additions for owners of what some call “the first next-generation console”. Probably the biggest is the new ability to play Wii U games on the GamePad screen (although note that a Wiimote will still be required to control the game).

Beyond that, you will also be able to plug a headet straight into your GamePad and participate in Wii U Chat, as well as take screenshots and have them uploaded to the net whilst you’re playing – this works just like it does on the 3DS and supported upload sites include Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.

In addition, there’s new USB keyboard support, surround sound, some browser and download tweaks and a raft of other changes, all of which you can view right here.

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